All 4 of the top Republican Candidates for President Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson and Senator John McCain, missed a debate centered around minority issues yesterday, held at Morgan State University.
“Let me take a moment right here and now to say hello to those of you viewers from home: Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator John McCain, Gov. Mitt Romney and Senator Fred Thompson,” Tom Joyner, the syndicated radio host, said in his opening remarks, to knowing laughter from the audience.
Alan Keys had is own view on why they didn’t show:
“I think it is a little unfair to assume that they didn’t show up tonight because they were sending some message of a negative kind to the black community,” said Mr. Keyes, who is black. He noted that they also skipped a recent debate that was held to address issues important to conservatives.
But, he added that they were afraid to engage at least one black man, him.
A Spanish-language Republican debate, scheduled for earlier this month, was canceled after only Senator McCain agreed to participate.
The leaders of the Republican Party are doing everything in their power to alienate mainstream America. And they are succeeding.
Tavis Smiley, the television host who moderated both PBS forums, said at the outset: “Some of the campaigns who declined our invitations to join us tonight have suggested publicly that this audience would be hostile and unreceptive. Since we are live on PBS right now, I can’t tell you what I really think of these kinds of comments.”
In response to the outcry, John McCain released a statement:
“I think we have work to do in the African-American community,” he said, adding that he is concerned that Republicans are also failing to reach out to Hispanic voters. “I think that we have to remind ourselves, as well as our constituents, that we are the party of Abraham Lincoln.”
That was a LONG time ago Jack. It’s more than a bad joke to call Republicans the “party of Lincoln.”
Republicans had better start worrying about their future relevance.